Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Martin Sixsmith
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
Released: December 26, 2013
Rating: (M)
Runtime: 98 minutes
Story: Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most p art, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
Judi Dench Philomena
Steve Coogan Martin Sixsmith
Sophie Kennedy Clark Young Philomena
Mare Winningham Mary
Barbara Jefford Sister Hildegarde
Ruth McCabe Mother Barbara
Peter Hermann Pete Olsson
Sean Mahon Michael
Anna Maxwell Martin Jane
Michelle Fairley Sally Mitchell
Wunmi Mosaku Young Nun
Amy McAllister Sister Anunciata
Charlie Murphy Kathleen
Cathy Belton Sister Claire
Kate Fleetwood Young Sister Hildegarde